Hall of Fame: Griffey didn’t make it to 100%, but he is the all-time top vote-getter

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As I argued earlier today, it doesn’t really matter if Ken Griffey Jr. — or anyone else for that matter — got 100% of the Hall of Fame vote. The Hall of Fame is a pass/fail test, with the bogie set at 75%. Beat that and you’re every bit the Hall of Famer everyone else is.

But vote totals are interesting to some, and those who take interest in it are likely quite pleased to see Griffey garner 99.3% of the vote, which is now the all-time high, passing Tom Seaver’s previous record of 98.84. Seaver is now bumped down to number two. Then comes Nolan Ryan with 98.79%, Cal Ripken with 98.53, Ty Cobb with 98.23% and George Brett with 98.19%. Beyond the top 6:

  • Hank Aaron: 97.8
  • Tony Gwynn: 97.6
  • Randy Johnson: 97.3
  • Greg Maddux: 97.2
  • Mike Schmidt: 96.5

How Willie Mays didn’t make the top 10 — he was 16th before this year at 94.68% and is now 17th– is a mystery and an atrocity, but we’ll leave that for another time. Go here for the all-time list through 2014. 2015’s inductees beyond old Randy Johnson up there are here.

Not bad, Junior. Not 100%, but not bad at all.

No lease extension, but Orioles and governor tout partnership

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The Baltimore Orioles and Maryland Gov. Wes Moore announced a joint commitment to what they called a “multi-decade, public-private partnership” to revitalize the Camden Yards sports complex.

The statement from the team and the state’s new governor came Wednesday, the deadline for the Orioles to exercise a one-time, five-year extension to their lease at Camden Yards. The team was not planning to exercise that option, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the club hadn’t announced its decision.

With no extension, the lease is set to expire at the end of this year, but the team and the Maryland Stadium Authority can keep negotiating. Wednesday’s joint release seemed to be an attempt to calm any nerves in Baltimore about the team’s future.

“I am looking forward to continuing to collaborate with Governor Moore, his administration, and the Maryland Stadium Authority in order to bring to Baltimore the modern, sustainable, and electrifying sports and entertainment destination the state of Maryland deserves,” Orioles CEO John Angelos said.

“We greatly appreciate Governor Moore’s vision and commitment as we seize the tremendous opportunity to redefine the paradigm of what a Major League Baseball venue represents and thereby revitalize downtown Baltimore. It is my hope and expectation that, together with Governor Moore and the new members and new chairman of the MSA board, we can again fully realize the potential of Camden Yards to serve as a catalyst for Baltimore’s second renaissance.”

Republican Larry Hogan, the state’s previous governor, signed a bill last year increasing bond authorization for M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, and Camden Yards. The measure allowed borrowing of up to $600 million for each stadium.

“When Camden Yards opened 30 years ago, the Baltimore Orioles revolutionized baseball and set the bar for the fan experience,” Moore, a Democrat, said Wednesday. “We share the commitment of the Orioles organization to ensuring that the team is playing in a world-class facility at Camden Yards for decades to come and are excited to advance our public-private partnership.”

Angelos recently reaffirmed that the Orioles would stay in Baltimore, although he dressed down a reporter who asked for more clarity on the future of the team’s ownership situation. Angelos was sued last year by his brother Lou, who claimed John Angelos seized control of the Orioles at his expense.